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Picture-perfect midcentury with pool asks $2.9M

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Come for the house, stay for the backyard

An exterior view of a midcentury modern home with a dramatic boldly sloped diagonal beam and fireplace. Photos by Peter DaPrix

Ojai, California, is a bucolic valley town encircled by mountains with a focus on the arts, organic farming, and wellness. It’s just two hours from Los Angeles yet feels light-years away thanks to its lack of commercial development and quaint downtown.

It’s the kind of place to get away from it all, and this three-bedroom, two-bath house looks like the perfect home to which to retreat. Built in 1960 by the local firm Chalfant Head Associates as part of a family compound for the Chalfant Head family, the home’s entrance features a bright orange door and diminutive flat roof that hides the interesting architecture within.

Like other midcentury homes that reserve the large panes of glass for the private backyard areas instead of the street-facing walls, the house centers on a dramatic great room with a boldly sloped diagonal beam and fireplace. Two glass walls face the mountains to the northeast and the room’s airiness makes the 1,600-square-foot home feel much larger.

Other midcentury details include vaulted redwood ceilings, redwood walls, and decorative cinderblock. Outside, a gorgeous backyard features a pool with spa on .75 acres of beautifully landscaped yard. A pond, waterfall, and guest house round out the perks. Ready for your own midcentury retreat? 1320 Carne Road is on the market now for $2,882,000.

An exterior view of a flat-roofed midcentury house with a bright orange door and desert-style landscaping around it.
Guests are welcomed to the home through a bright orange door and flat-roofed entrance.
A floral-patterned chaise sits in front of two walls of glass with gardens beyond.
The modestly sized home—it measures just 1,600 square feet—feels much larger thanks to a dramatic great room with two walls of glass.
A living room has an Eames chair, a sofa, and a fireplace.
The living room features exposed beams, one wall of wood panels, and a fireplace.
A white king-size bed sits in a wood-paneled bedroom with a striped black and white rug.
Exposed beams, wood paneling, and a sliding glass door in the bedroom.
A garden areas has umbrellas and lounge chairs and a large outdoor table that can seat 12.
The exterior gardens are a feast for the eyes, with areas for dining and lounging.
An outdoor pool sits in the foreground while a sloping midcentury modern house sits in the background.
The backyard pool and spa looks like a perfect place to spend a hot day.